Could summer vacations to sunnier climes be back on? (Picture: Getty/EPA)

As lockdown restrictions ease across Europe, the possibility of summer holidays has once again raised its head, with the question of whether folks in the UK might be able to venture abroad after all.

With further restrictions set to be eased in England from 4 July, staycations are set to be popular this year – but some summer sun in another country might also happen thanks to the arrival of ‘air bridges’, allowing travel between the UK and certain other countries free of quarantine restrictions.

It’s been reported that the UK may be announcing its air bridges soon – but when can we expect to find out, and what countries could be included?

Here’s what you need to know…

When will air bridges be announced?

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It’s not yet been confirmed when the Government may announce which countries the UK may form air bridges with.

Transport minister Grant Shapps previously hinted that we might know about potential air bridges by the end of this month – but they have yet to be revealed.

‘We won’t be in a position to announce which countries – where reciprocal arrangements go in place – until the 29th,’ he said last week.

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‘So don’t expect anything this week, I think I’m right in saying it’s only the end of next week.’

An air bridge – also known as a ‘travel corridor’ – is a way of allowing tourists from two countries to travel between the destinations without needing to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

The idea is that the air bridges would enable people from areas which have low transmission rates of Covid-19 to travel between countries without having to self-isolate.

Which countries are likely to be on the air bridge list?

Reports have suggested the UK could form air bridges with France, Spain, Italy and Turkey.

Greece was also mentioned in some reports, but any potential plans for that may have been thrown into disarray, following the news that the country has banned all flights from the UK until at least 15 July.

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Trips to Greece might be off the cards (Picture: Getty Images)

Portugal was also tipped to be on the air bridge list, but also seems unlikely to be included now following a surge in cases around Lisbon in recent weeks.

And while Spain has said it welcomes British tourists without the need to quarantine, anyone travelling there would still need to self-isolate back in the UK.

Anybody who is keen on heading abroad for their summer vacation should also note that the Foreign Office is currently still advising against all non-essential global travel – and there is currently no indication of when this might change.

If you are travelling to any other country that does not form an air bridge with the UK, you’ll also have to quarantine for 14 days upon returning home, while you may face quarantine measures at your destination too.

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